January/February Newsflash

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Google Email Accounts Moving to Microsoft Exchange for Students

ITS would like to remind all students that we will be transitioning Pace student email accounts from Google Apps (https://google.pace.edu) to Pace’s Microsoft Exchange email system (https://email.pace.edu).   An initial email was sent to all students on Wednesday, October 2nd to summarize the migration.

We are strongly recommending that students take advantage of the self-migration tool that is listed below by Sunday, March 16th.  After this date, ITS will manually begin moving student accounts.  Students will be notified via email when their accounts are ready to be migrated.  Please follow the instructions listed in the email.  For further information and/or updates students can reference our Student Email Migration to Outlook Exchange website.

Prior to initializing the migration, there are a few steps users can take to ensure the migration process occurs without issues. 

  • Step 1: Check to make sure you have IMAP enabled within your Pace Google settings.
  • Step 2: Search your mailbox folders for any emails from ‘Orgsync (orgsync.com)’ and ‘livingsocial.com’ and then delete them.  Also make sure to empty your Trash folder when finished.
  • Step 3: If the events in your calendar are not critical, clear the entire calendar prior to starting the migration..  Instructions for how to do this can be found here.

Where can I go for more information or help on the migration?

Raffle for Students

Last year, Information Technology Services (ITS) sponsored a student raffle and had a great response.  Therefore, we are pleased and excited to announce another raffle!  The deadline for entering the raffle will be Sunday, March 16th at midnight.  This year we are able to offer a total of 3 great prizes so students have 3 chances to win!  We will select the winners by Friday, March 24th.  For more details on the prizes and eligibility requirements visit our Student Raffle page.

High Definition (HD) Cable TV Channels in Westchester for Students

ITS is happy to announce that 56 Cable TV channels are now available in HD for Pleasantville, Briarcliff and White Plains Law School residence halls.  Please see the following site for a full listing of all channels.  In order to receive all these channels, you’ll need an HD TV equipped with a QAM tuner.  Most HD TV’s manufactured in the last 5 years have a built-in QAM tuner.  Please reprogram/scan for “All” channels to receive both Standard and High Definition channels on your TV.  Refer to your TV manufacturer documentation for details regarding built-in tuner and channel scanning information.

ePortfolio Design Update for Students and Faculty

The ePortfolio home page after log in has be redesigned!  ITS has worked to create a more simplified, clean and streamlined look for users once they have logged into the system.  The user-friendly home page allows for easy portfolio creation and sharing preferences.  Check out the changes at https://eportfolio.pace.edu!

Mobile Technologies User Group for Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Mobile Technologies User Group will continue to meet throughout the spring to share and discuss exciting ways that mobile devices can be used in the classroom. Please see the schedule below. All meetings will take place in the main VC rooms (Miller 16/ Civic E 319). All are welcome!

  • Wednesday, February 12th: 12:15PM-1:15PM
  • Thursday, March 6th: 3:30PM-4:30PM
  • Wednesday, April 9th: 12:15PM-1:15PM
  • Thursday, May 8th: 3:30PM-4:30PM

To catch up on previous meetings visit the Mobile Technology User Group blog.

Java Compatibility and Updates for Students, Faculty, and Staff

As many of you are aware, Oracle has been releasing new versions of their product (Java) frequently, especially in recent years.  This is largely due to  the fact that hackers and cyber criminals target Java creating exploits and security risks.  Unlike new releases of software applications, vendors and users like ourselves do not get access to the updated version prior to its release date by Oracle.  Due to this, vendors and administrators are not able to adequately test or predict what issues may arise once the new versions are released. 

The recent update from Java 7 update 45 to Java 7 update 51 has been especially difficult due to security requirement changes. For more information on Java compatibility issues, please visit our Supported Applications and the Java Compatibility pages.  Please refer to these pages as we move forward.  ITS and FIS will continue to evaluate resolutions to manage the compatibility issues between versions.

Wireless Update for Students, Faculty, and Staff

ITS has been steadily upgrading the wireless network to an improved Cisco-based system since May and much progress has been made.  Over the winter break 41 Park Row and 163 William Street were migrated to the new PACE-WIRELESS network.  Upgraded locations and upcoming scheduled migration dates can be found at the following site: Wireless Access Locations. Additional updates and/or information on the new Cisco network is posted on the following site: Configuring Wireless.

IT Security Awareness for Students, Faculty and Staff

In an effort to bring awareness to our community, ITS is offering training sessions for your respective areas, please contact the IT Security office at itsecurity@pace.eduLearn more about IT security.

Finance News

New E-Procurement Phoenix User Interface

Please be advised that the user interface for the Pace E-Procurement system (SciQuest) will be upgraded on Sunday, February 15th.  The new Phoenix interface has a cleaner look and feel, and we’re very excited to roll this out to the University.  Click here to view the new features!  To assist with the transition, there are several webinars offered online, before and after the upgrade. These webinars provide an overview of the updated user interface, and provide end users the opportunity to ask questions. Click here to sign up for a webinar!